On July 12, 2013, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality / Survey & Certification Group within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum clarifying the responsibilities of ESRD facilities to comply with the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (LFC) 101. The memorandum points out the following:
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with several other organizations to develop an interactive online course on workplace violence prevention for nurses and direct-care health care professionals. Workplace violence incident videos and nurse testimonials are incorporated throughout the course to enhance the learning experience, and continuing education is available.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule “Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for CY 2014.” This rule includes the proposed reduction in the prospective payment system (PPS) to account for lower drug utilization as required by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. CMS is proposing to reduce the base rate in the PPS by 12%. CMS is also proposing a market basket update of 2.9%.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the 2013 PHS Guideline for Reducing Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus Transmission Through Organ Transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Guidelines for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Through Transplantation of Human Tissue and Organs.
The American Kidney Fund (AKF), in conjunction with ANNA and other organizations, is offering a free online course for medical professionals focusing on the patient education benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries with kidney disease, including medical nutrition therapy (MNT) or diabetes self-management training (DSMT). Continuing nursing education (CNE) credits are available (CNE processing fees apply).